With an expansion of Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional, Rojkind Arquitectos has turned a repository for Mexico's cinematic history into a public space that welcomes the sometimes unruly life of this teeming city.
Commissioned by the National Council of Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), the firm proposed a master plan for the 311,000-square-foot complex that expanded the Cineteca's facilities and gave them the feeling of an urban park. In addition to four new 180-seat theaters and new archive buildings, the plan adds a bookstore, café, and restaurant, as well as a bar serving ice cream, all set around two grassy lawns. “We didn't want it to feel like you're in the lobby of a commercial cinema,” says firm principal Michel Rojkind. “We wanted it to feel more like a university campus, with everything floating in a park.”